Bosch 1617EVS Review – What’s New?
The new version of Bosch 1617 EVS is called “1618” which means it is based on the same platform but with some improvements. The main changes are:
New firmware (v1.0)
Improved software (v2.0)
More powerful processor (P6, P7 or P8)
New wireless controller (WLC-R300)
Upgraded components (WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet)
Faster processor (P6, P7 or P8)
Higher quality components (metal case, metal chassis)
All these features make the new version of Bosch 1617 EVS better than its predecessor. If you want to get one of these routers now then it might not be worth your while to upgrade from previous model. However if you are buying one for the first time, then it is definitely worth paying a bit more to get latest model because it comes with three-year warranty and runs on very stable and reliable software.
Now let’s take a look at the new features in detail:
The new version of the router comes with new firmware. The previous versions came with v1.0 which is quite basic.
The latest version now comes with v1.5. The new version has a lot more to offer than previous ones. For example, the new version comes with an enhanced calibration system. This means that there are a lot more options for adjusting the router to different materials.
The calibration procedures of the previous version came with just three options but the latest one comes with eight options which makes it much easier to calibrate it for different materials. The new version also turns the router on and off automatically when the bit is dropped which means that there will be no need to turn it off manually anymore. Another very useful feature of the new version is that it can be connected directly to your computer via USB cable.
This feature allows you to do some very advanced calibration and other settings on the computer before you can even use the router on a material.
The new version also comes with an enhanced speed setting. The speed can now be set to 5400rpm which is a big improvement from the previous 3900rpm. The new version also comes with a new and improved dust separation solution.
This feature means that there is less debris and sawdust falling into the body of the router which can affect its performance.
All these new features make the latest version of the router very easy to use and very reliable.
The new version of the router also comes with an upgraded software which is also very easy to use. The user interface of the new software makes it very easy to select speeds, feeds and depth of cuts. This new version not only supports the latest version of Windows but also it works very well on older versions as well.
It can also be used on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions which makes it a perfect choice for most users.
The router’s software also comes with a wide range of safety features which make it very safe to use. The software will warn you if the bit is not installed, if the bit is not suited for the material or if the material is not suited for the bit. All these options make it very easy to use without worrying about making costly mistakes.
The safety features don’t end here, the new version also comes with auto-shutdown and overload protection options. These ensure that the router doesn’t get overheated or damaged due to over-usage. These features not only protect the router from external damages but also make it last longer.
The new version comes with three adjustable speeds; the speeds can be set according to materials being cut. This feature makes it very easy to use and makes sure that even complex materials are no match for it. These adjustable speeds are especially useful when working with different types of woods.
The slowest speed can be used for softer and delicate woods while the fastest speed can be used for harder and tougher woods.
The router also comes with three types of collets which can be changed very easily. The three different collets support bits with sizes ranging from ½ inches to 1-3/8 inches. This gives it an upper hand when compared to most other routers in this price range.
The router also comes with dust extraction system, like most other routers. This feature collects most of the debris and dust produced while working and routes it away from the working area. This prevents the screws from getting jammed and the motor from getting clogged.
However, there are a few drawbacks of this router as well. The biggest drawback of this router is its weight, at 9.5 pounds, this router is one of the heaviest routers available for purchase.
This makes it slightly tiring to use it for extended periods of time.
The router’s base is also not as wide as other routers available on the market. This can lead to problems when working on larger projects since the router can easily be pushed off course.
In addition, the accessory port at the bottom of the router can produce a lot of vibrations. The vibrations are especially prominent when a lot of power is being transferred to the router bit.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Whamit! (GMIT Linguists – whamit.mit.edu)